Do Coyotes Jump Fences?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Hardemans, May 23, 2016.

  1. Hardemans

    Hardemans Out Of The Brooder

    May 8, 2014
    A couple of weeks ago we lost a female goat to a coyote. We have a 4' fence surrounding our property and there is a strand of barbed wire roughly 3" of the ground. There was a dig under at a low spot and that is where the coyote got in. That area has be closed off.

    This morning we lost one of our Tom turkeys to a predator. He weighed roughly 20 lbs. We checked the fence line and there is no sign of anything digging under. The turkey was killed in one spot close to the barn and then there were feather drops where evidently there was a struggle every 50' or so.

    I question if this was a coyote or perhaps a bobcat? The head, one breast, and internals were eaten.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

    By the way - prior to the fence we kept the local predators well fed on chicken and turkeys. No issues since fall of 2015 until the last couple of weeks.

    James Hardeman
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Both a coyote or bobcat can readily jump a 4' fence. Sorry for your losses.
  3. Billy Hill

    Billy Hill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2013
    Rural San Diego
    James, sorry to hear about the loss. Coyotes can jump much higher than 4'. I've got 2 fences 1 foot apart, one fence is 5 feet tall (closest to the house) and the one a foot behind it is almost 6 feet tall.

    Last year there was a coyote trying to get at one of my cats, who ran onto the back deck and went up the oak tree to the roof. The coyote came on the deck after the cat so I let my labradork out to chase it off.

    The coyote wasn't scared much, seemed more annoyed than anything. It effortlessly trotted (not running) the 25 or so yards to the fences and jumped over both of them without touching either of them. I saw it with my own eyes.

    I've also seen bobcats in the neighborhood but not in my yard. I've not seen one jump but if it's anything like it's smaller house-cat brethren it would easily be able to scale even higher fences than that ****** coyote.
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  4. Hardemans

    Hardemans Out Of The Brooder

    May 8, 2014
    Thanks for your answers. Guess there is little or no way to keep those bad boys out when they want in besides a coop or pen.


  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Even some dogs can do it.

    Consider adding an outer perimeter of hotwire supported by horizontal post extended at right angle from existing upright posts. Make so hotwire 1 foot above ground and about 18" away from existing fence. More expensive option is a dog.
  6. varidgerunner

    varidgerunner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2013
    Snare in dugout, problem solved.
  7. Angeline1978

    Angeline1978 Out Of The Brooder

    May 22, 2016
    Coyotes will clear a six foot fence. Been there done that. You have to have a sturdy roof on it.. Also, they will chew through chicken wire or any thin wire fence.. I would suggest snare or trap. In my case, in my state, you can shoot year round to protect livestock. Hope you get it figured out.
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  8. whimzy

    whimzy New Egg

    May 25, 2016
    Really need to figure out some flock protection. After months of free ranging our flock of 19, we lost 12 hens in a single morning last week, nothing left but some feathers. They were all 1- 3 years old. Would hate to keep them confined to a run, since we moved to 13 acres from a historic town so the could free range.

    I'm guessing a pack of coyotes? And from what i am reading here should i be worried about our 3 young kunekune pigs, they are ~30-50 lbs?
  9. Angeline1978

    Angeline1978 Out Of The Brooder

    May 22, 2016
    They are likely to go after poultry 1st. They will go for other livestock. We live on a ranch so we have seen and been through a lot. I finally had enough and decided the coyotes had to go. I started trapping and hunting. The only reason they got killed was that its a large pack. If you knock them down in size you may have an easier time and your animals too.
  10. cutiechook1

    cutiechook1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2016
    Sittin' at the computer!
    Coyotes CAN jump fences. A small coyote tried to jump our fence and he got his foot stuck. My dad ended up shooting it, though.[​IMG] And at about 200 yards away!!!! I'm sorry about you're loss. I hate it when animals die![​IMG]
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